Mail call

May 20, 1997

Editor's note - Please be as brief as possible when calling Mail Call, The Daily Mail's reader call-in line.

Mail Call is not staffed on weekends or holidays so it is best to call Mail Call weekdays at 301-791-6236.

Readers are welcome to leave their recorded message on any topic they choose, but some calls are screened out.

Here are some of the calls we have received lately:

"I'd like to wish John Selph a happy birthday on May 19 for his ninth birthday. Love Mom, Kyle, Jason and Gunther."

"First, I'd like to say there's no person in the City of Hagerstown that's an administrator or any other administrator within this city that is worth $74,000 a year. Hagerstown City Administrator Bruce Zimmerman, what do you do, what are your duties to earn or be worth $74,000 a year? Please answer. Thank you."


"Neighbors surrounding the Smithsburg High School would like to know who's doing the mowing there? For years it was done nicely and now it's only being half done. Someone at the Board of Education should look into this. It's terrible. Thank you."

"First, I wish to commend the editor of the Mail paper for his recent editorial regarding Mr. Muldowney's idea to use the tip jar proceeds to ease the water and sewer debt. This is an excellent idea and I would hope the editor would use his considerate influence to bring this idea into law. Secondly, I wish to commend Vikki Jarnel for her excellent letter to the editor regarding Mr. Casper Taylor's impotent remark concerning Ellen Sauerbrey. Of course in Mr. Taylor's case one must consider the source. Thank you."

"This is in reference to the teachers who think they're worth a raise. I'm sorry but you're not worth a 2 cent raise at this time in history. My son is in fourth grade and can barely read or do his math. Why? Because the teachers are too busy doing other things to teach them, that's why. They give them work and write the instructions, "do these problems" and then don't explain how to do them. They expect the parents to do the teaching. Most of my friends (single parents) work all day long and then come home to clean and fix dinner and do household things. We don't have the time to sit down and teach our children the basics of math or whatever although we do try. That is what we taxpayers pay the teachers to do. They have about 8 hours a day to teach our kids and they're not doing it. I have witnessed my son's teacher sitting in the back of the room doing nothing or eating a snack because he's feeling a little shaky as he says. On a recent field trip he wandered around by himself while 20 parents chaperoned the children. These parents each had one or two children to watch and we paid for this with our money. He said he was there for emergencies. What a joke. Teachers are just babysitters more or less today. They are just in the classroom to keep the children in line and they don't even do a good job of that. If you don't believe me go into a classroom one day and just observe. You'll be surprised at what you see. Try it."

"Yes. I want to talk about the Sergeants and Captains in the military that are being charged with rape and sexual assaults. In WWII they weren't too bad until they got overseas. Many of these men, if they saw a woman with a baby walking down the street, they would drag them into a house or barn and have their way with them and the women would beg and pled with them to stop but they wouldn't. It's still going on today but the women now are fighting back. I was just wondering how many of the veterans that are 70 or 80 years old are bothered by their conscience today?"

"I think it's very humorous that our local congressman who was a draft dodger in WWII is trying to tell the Armed Forces how to conduct training. This is like the Cub Scouts trying to tell the astronauts how to fly to the moon."

"Yes. I'm calling in once again and this will probably not get printed either. I have called in numerous times about people in my neighborhood and nothing ever gets put in the paper. Why? How are these calls all being eliminated but others pass you by? If you do put them in, you eliminate parts of the call. Why? I use no names or no addresses but yet they get screened out. Why? I've called about Ms. Spandex, my exboyfriend, welfare problems and a few other problems in the neighborhood and they've all been not published. I'd like to know why these are screened by others aren't? I hope someone will answer these questions because there's a lot of us out here that would like to know."

"If you teachers aren't satisfied with the money that you're making, you older teachers go ahead and retire. There's always new teachers coming up everyday."

"I'm a student at North High and I think it's wrong to talk about North High and nothing is said about any other schools. So quit picking on North High."

"The reason that South Hagerstown High and North Hagerstown High schools are in the paper is because the Herald-Mail is a Hagerstown paper and the other schools shouldn't be in it."

"Yes. I'm calling about the 2 guys that are painting the red curbs around town. I think you guys are doing a swell job. Keep it up."

"I have a suggestion for the people to lower their sewer bills. Go to the county building and use the bathroom and flush it a couple of times because the county pays the city the water bill."

"Hey Mail Callers, the Herald-Mail must be listening to us because they finally put someone else in the paper besides North High and South High. This time it was Clear Spring High School. Finally. Whew - !!"

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